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Weekend Picks: Bayou Boogaloo, Top Taco, Audubon Zoo Lion Exhibit, and More

Bayou Boogaloo
Bayou Boogaloo takes place May 17- 19, 2019. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

This weekend in New Orleans, we’re heading out to the bayou. Along Bayou St. John in Mid-City, you’ll find Bayou Boogaloo, a food and music festival held along the banks of the water. Enjoy the NOLA Soul & Art Festival at Armstrong Park, featuring a great lineup of local musicians. The Sculpture Garden at City Park has expanded and is open for its first visitors this week as well. There’s plenty to see and do in New Orleans this weekend.

Bayou Boogaloo
The bayou comes alive with music, food, and culture during the Bayou Boogaloo festival in Mid-City. (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Bayou Boogaloo – It’s a block party on Bayou St. John, and Bayou Boogaloo is here to stay all weekend long. Catch all-day music, food from a couple dozen different vendors, arts and crafts, a Sunday morning yoga session, and more. Admission to the festival is $10 per day or $20 for all three days. Head to the fest with your non-motorized boat, kayak, or flotation device, and enjoy.


Art Klub Presents: Inferno – Local dance company D’Project presents Dante’s Inferno at the Art Klub in the Bywater this Friday and Saturday. Watch as the seven deadly sins are brought to life through creative and imaginative performances from local dancers. The show begins at 8 p.m. both nights, and tickets are $15.

Audubon Zoo (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Audubon Zoo Lions Exhibit Opening – Returning to the zoo for the first time in over a decade, the lions are back in town. Head to the Audubon Zoo on Saturday to meet Nia, Kali, and Zuri and participate in a morning of lion-themed activities. The exhibit opens at 9 a.m. for Audubon Institute members and 10 a.m. for the general public. Non-member admission is $25.95 for adults, $17.95 for children ages 2-12, and $20.95 for seniors if purchased in advance here.

The Historic New Orleans Collection (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Historic New Orleans Collection Block Party – Celebrate International Museum Day at one of the French Quarter’s beloved, hidden gems this weekend. The Historic New Orleans Collection will celebrate its new $38 million exhibition center at 520 Royal St., as well as International Museum Day with a block party featuring food, drinks, and live music. Catch the party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

NOLA Soul & Art Festival – Experience the inaugural NOLA Soul & Art Festival this Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. in Armstrong Park. Enjoy music from Jack Freeman, Flow Tribe, Nayo Jones, Robin Barnes, and more New Orleans musicians throughout the fest. Local food vendors, live paintings, and wine tastings will also be a part of this event. Admission is $10.

Vintage Rock Club’s “School’s Out For Summer” – Head to the Vintage Rock Club for their first event of the year, “School’s Out For Summer,” a concert experience featuring music videos and songs from the 70s and the movie Dazed and Confused. Come dressed in your best mid-70s attire while celebrating the unofficial start of summer with all ticket proceeds going to Team Gleason. Tickets are $15 in advance and the event is from 10 p.m to 2 a.m.

Tacos from La Casita will be featured at Top Taco (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Top Taco – Postponed from March, the rescheduled ultimate taco and tequila event is this Thursday, May 16. Held in Woldenberg Park on the Riverfront, hop from vendor to vendor sampling tacos and spirits from over 50 different restaurants, bars, and brands. General admission tickets are $75 and the event is from 7-10 p.m. (6-10 p.m. for First Tasting ticket holders). Proceeds from the event benefit Foster Nola.

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Besthoff Sculpture Garden Expansion – Located next to the New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park, the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden welcomes 26 new works and a six-acre expansion this spring. The official opening is Wednesday, May 15, and the garden is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The garden is open seven days a week with free admission.

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